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Apple iPad Air 3 to be unveiled this year – specs leaked

Last week, Apple officially unveiled the Apple iPhone 6S, the Apple iPhone 6S Plus, the Apple iPad Pro, and the Apple iPad Mini 4. What was missing in action was the Apple iPad Air 3. If you’re worried Apple will no longer has plans of launching a follow-up to the iPad Air 2, a report is claiming that Apple plans to announce its new 9.7-inch iPad later this year. The same report also has specs to reveal.

Rumoured specs

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This is according to a report from Chinese-speaking MyDrivers. It reports that the Apple iPad Air 3 will be officially unveiled later this year or early next year.

The same report claims to more about the tablet’s specs. It claims that the Apple iPad Air 3 will feature the same 9.7-inch screen, but have a resolution of 2334 x 3112 pixels, which is higher than the iPad Air 2’s resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. This would work out to a pixel density of 401 ppi and an aspect ratio of 4:3.

As for the iPad Air 3’s processor, it is said to come with either the A9 or the A9X chip under the hood. As for the device’s RAM, it is said to sport either 2 GB or 4 GB of RAM. The larger Apple iPad Pro also sports 4 GB of RAM.

Although everything else seems to be upgraded, this is not the same case with the Apple iPad Air 3’s battery. According to the report, the upcoming iPad Air will come with a battery with a lower capacity than the 7,340 mAh battery found in the Apple iPad Air 2.

According to previous reports, other rumoured specs include a camera combo consisting of an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The iPad Air 3 is said to be available in the following storage options: 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB. If you’re looking for an extremely thin tablet, then you might want to wait for the next iPad. It is said that the device will be a mere 5 mm-thin. Unlike previous iterations of the iPad, you no longer have to worry about the tablet getting wet. Reports claim that the device will be IP certified. Currently, only the Apple Watch comes with an IPX7 rating, which means it can be dunked in 1 meter of water for as much as 30 minutes and survive.

If the report is accurate, it contradicts previous reports that claim Apple has no plans of lifting the lid on a new 9.7-inch iPad this 2015.

Of course, since this is anything but official, take this information with a pinch of salt.

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72% of potential tablet buyers want to get their hands on an iPad

72% of potential tablet buyers want to get their hands on an Apple iPad.tablet_purchase_comparison_next_90_days

This is according to independent survey research firm ChangeWave. According to ChangeWave, “The holiday shopping season coupled with new tablet releases have caused a spike in consumer tablet demand – with 13% of respondents saying they plan on buying a tablet in the next 90 days. This is more than double the level of three months ago (Aug ’13), and similar to the past two holiday seasons.

“Leading Tablet Manufacturers. Following the releases of its new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, Apple continues to hold a tight grip on next 90-day tablet demand. Nearly three-quarters of planned tablet buyers (72%) say they’ll purchase an iPad – a 17-pt surge since the previous survey.

“The iPad’s momentum is currently drawing attention away from most of the other manufacturers – a trend we normally see during new Apple releases. Samsung (9%; down 4-pts) and Google (9%; down 3-pts) are now tied for a distant second, both having declined since the previous survey.”

It adds, “Though still in fourth place Microsoft (8%) has ticked 1-pt higher in planned buying, a hopeful sign for its October Surface 2 tablet launch.

“Among planned Apple buyers, more than half (55%) say they will purchase the iPad Air and 16% the iPad mini with Retina display.”

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Apple signs long-term sapphire supply

The Apple iPhone 5S uses sapphires on its camera lens and home button. Now the Cupertino firm has secured that future devices will continue to use the technology by signing a long-term sapphire supply.13.09.11-Touch_ID

AllThingsD reports, “On Monday, GT Advanced Technologies said it has inked a multi-year agreement with Apple to manufacture sapphire material in Mesa, Arizona. Under the terms of the agreement, GT will purchase and operate the sapphire production equipment that will ultimately be installed in the new Apple plant. In return, Apple is providing GT with prepayments of approximately $578 million, for which GT will reimburse Apple over five years, starting in 2015.”

Kristin Huguet, Apple spokeswoman, told AllThingsD, “We are proud to expand our domestic manufacturing initiative with a new facility in Arizona, creating more than 2,000 jobs in engineering, manufacturing and construction. This new plant will make components for Apple products and it will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one.”

The site adds, “A big deal — in more ways than one. When the facility is up and running it will employ some 700 people, and it’s going to be cranking out a lot of sapphire. As part of the agreement, GT will fast-track development of a next-generation, large-capacity furnace intended to “deliver low-cost, high-volume manufacturing of sapphire material.” That suggests Apple could be looking at sapphire as an element in its next-generation touchscreens.”

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Apple iPad Air taken apart – given a repairability score of 2 out of 10

Repair experts at iFixit have torn apart the new Apple iPad Air, successor of the Apple iPad 4G. They have given the new iPad a repairability score of 2, meaning it not at all easy to repair.Ipad-Air-Apple-Gadget-HD-Desktop

iFixit concludes, “Pad Air Repairability Score: 2 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).”

There are only two things that will not give you any problems when trying to repair the iPad Air. First, “The LCD is easy to remove once the front panel is taken off the iPad.” Second, “The battery is not soldered to the logic board. We’ll give it that.”

Apart from these two things, everything else will give you problems. First, “Just like in previous iPads, the front panel is glued to the rest of the device, greatly increasing the chances of cracking the glass during a repair.” Second, “Gobs, gobs, and goblins of adhesive hold everything in place. This is the most difficult battery removal procedure we’ve seen in an iPad.” Third, “The LCD has foam sticky tape adhering it to the front panel, increasing chances of it being shattered during disassembly.” Fourth, “You can’t access the front panel’s connector until you remove the LCD.”

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Steve Wozniak says Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display ‘didn’t hit’ his needs

Apple has recently officially unveiled the Apple iPad Air, successor of the Apple iPad 4G, and the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display, successor of the Apple iPad Mini. Unfortunately, Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, was not impressed with the new iPads, saying that they “didn’t hit” his needs.steve-wozniak-windows-phone

Speaking to TechRadar, Wozniak said, “I am constantly following the gadget world but I was on a plane and missed all of the keynote but when I finally took a look at the devices, the iPads didn’t hit my needs.”

Speaking about the new Apple iPad Air, he said, “Yes it’s thinner but I wanted storage. I don’t have broadband at home, so I carry all my personal media in the iPad. So I was hoping Apple has a 256GB iPad.

“So I emailed my wife and said I didn’t want one of those.”

Speaking about his internet connection at home, he said, “I can’t order a movie from iTunes and watch it straight away. I could wait for it but I get bored by then. It’s because of my lousy phone company, but that is life.

“It is really sad as I was the one that had a 1MB line back in the day when everyone else was on dial up. I was the king of the hill.”

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